David Ward In Concert

Vancouver singer-songwriter is taking his applauded EP trilogy on the road, and is making a stop off in Edmonton as part of his Western Canadian Album Release Tour. 

BY JOSHUA KLOKE

THERE are literally hundreds of thousands of singer-songwriters plying their craft around the world every day. In an oft-saturated market, what can one do to set themselves apart from the hordes?

David Ward has an idea: push the boundaries that singer-songwriters are often boxed into. He's manifested this idea with, a three-part EP, each exploring a different genre and theme. Not content to simply release one full-length, each EP showcases Ward's unique soul-driven sound while also weighing in on different aspects of an arrival.


It's Ward's attempt to give his patient, growing voice a pair of wings, and does so incredibly well. The Arrival displays David Ward as a singer-songwriter heavy in groove and harmony who refuses to let genres confine his approach.

Since the release of his debut full-length, Never Meant to Know in 2006, Ward has been touring Canada relentlessly, while also making recent stops in Japan. His music has been called a "rare, bold foray into melodic experimentation," and there's no shortage of genre-fusion on his latest release.

"Think Jeff Buckley meets James Brown meets Tom Waits meets Stan Getz meets Marvin Gaye...One of my favourites in a long time."
     -The Province

Part one, entitled Departures, explores what can be considered both the beginning and end of a journey; to leave, diverge, deviate and finally to pass away. "No More Troubles Under the Sun" and "Lost In Translation," two standout tracks will introduce listeners to a chaotic and charged style before becoming engrossed in the big builds his songs are known for.

Vancouver singer-songwriter David Ward will be performing
at Wunderbar on Sunday, May 27th (8:30PM).
Part two, Borders, is heavy on ambience. It's the dividing line; a frontier; the in between. Borders explores the middle ground or stepping stone of a journey. Ward's R&B roots are also explored, particularly on the lyrically-dense sway of "Feel This Way." "Alice Blue" also displays Ward's uncanny ability to blend genres in an effortlessly ethereal way.

By the time part three, Arrivals, kicks in, Ward's vision has become fully realized. The journey he has taken listeners on has been filled with emotional highs and lows, and Arrivals rounds everything off with poignant and stirring tracks, including "Sweet Girl" and the Motown-infused "Boat People" may be Ward's finest moment.

The EP trilogy closes with "Joy" and it's fitting: after just one spin, this is emotion many listeners will be full of. The Arrival takes listeners on a trip, and it's one they'll be keen to take again and again.

On Sunday, May 27 Ward will be part of the 'Other Voices Fundraiser' (8:30PM) at Wunderbar (8120-101 St.). Tickets are available at the door. Below are the dates of his Western Canadian Album Release Tour, before he takes off for the UK.

May 18th in Vancouver, BC (Rickshaw Theatre)
May 19th in Victoria, BC (Lucky Bar)
May 25th in Banff, AB (Fairmont Banff Springs)
May 26th in Banff, AB (Fairmont Banff Springs)
May 27th in Edmonton, AB (Wunderbar)
May 28th in Calgary, AB (Ironwood)

Below is a video featuring music from David Ward's 3-part EP 'The Arrival'.

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